Welcome to St. Gianna Women's Homes

We assist women and their families fleeing domestic violence or who are being coerced into having an abortion. Each family is provided a safe and secure environment to deal with the trauma caused by the abuse, become self-sufficient and learn to develop healthy relationships in the future.

  • Who is St. Gianna?
    Who is St. Gianna?

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a modern-day physician and mother who sacrificed her life to save her unborn baby. In 1961, Gianna and her husband Pietro were expecting their fourth child. During her fourth pregnancy, Gianna developed a fibrous tumor on her uterus. Wanting to save the life of her unborn baby at all costs, she chose a more risky procedure, the removal of the fibroma. After the operation, complications continued throughout her pregnancy. Gianna was quite clear about her wishes, expressing to her family, “This time it will be a difficult delivery, and they may have to save one or the other -- I want them to save my baby.” On April 21, 1962, Good Friday of that year, Gianna went to the hospital, where her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela, was successfully delivered via Caesarean section. However, Gianna continued to have severe pain, and died of septic peritonitis one week after the birth. Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Her husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony. She is the patron saint of mothers and families.

Our Impact

  • Women Helped Last Year

    35

  • Children Helped Last Year

    44

  • Nights of Housing Last Year

    17992

  • Babies Saved From Abortion Since Opening

    34

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Good Old-Fashioned Bake Sale

Cookies, and cakes, and pies! Oh my! There are few things as classic (and delicious) as an old-fashioned bake sale. They’re a perfect summery way to raise money for your favorite cause. Here are all the things you’ll need to think about when you’re planning your bake sale:

Team
In order to pull off a bake sale, you’re going to need a lot of volunteers. Start by recruiting people who are willing to help you plan. Once you’ve assembled a committee, start delegating different tasks. You’ll need volunteers for the day of the sale, people who are in charge of promotional efforts, and, of course, bakers.

Date
No matter when it is, a bake sale is always a good idea. But in order to make the most of your event, you should find a date that will draw attention. Is there a specific day or month that is dedicated to your specific cause? Is there a big festival in town that will attract lots of visitors?

Location
Just as in business, location is everything for bake sales. Pick a high-traffic area like outside of a supermarket or inside a mall. Wherever you decide to have it, be sure to contact the manager or other authority in charge of the space. You may not need a permit, but you will definitely need permission.

Baked Goods
Ah, the centerpiece of the event. Encourage your bakers to get creative or break out the old family recipes. In addition to the typical assortment of sweets, be sure to include some gluten-free, nut-free and healthier options.

Beyond Baked Goods
Don’t limit yourself to baked treats only. Consider selling lemonade, iced tea, or coffee, too. Non-edible items can also be big sellers. For example, if you’re raising money for a children’s home, have the kids make crafts to sell. It’s an excellent way to tie in the purpose of the event.

Packaging
Presentation is key, so put some thought into the packaging. Sell cookies and brownies individually as well as in large batches. Also, be sure to include an ingredient list or recipe with each item so customers can look for any possible allergens.

Promotion
Social media is going to be your best bet for promotion. Have people pin the recipes of what they’ll be making in a group Pinterest board or share photos of the baking process on Facebook. Get all volunteers on deck to tweet, post, Snapchat and Instagram the event for maximum exposure. But don’t forget about more traditional methods. Hang up flyers in public places and contact local news media to see if they’d be willing to write a story about the event or let you talk on live radio or TV.

Sponsorship
Contact local businesses to see if they would be willing to donate to the event or match profits. Your favorite bakeries might consider contributing some of their best items to the bake sale, too. Getting sponsorship might seem like a long shot, but you’ll never know until you ask.

  • Area Catholic choirs will perform Advent and Christmas songs of the season in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas Aquinas Church (the Newman Center) on the campus of UNL. Visit our calendar of event page for more information and to print out a ticket order form.

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